The Smoothie Bowl I'll Never Get Tired Of

I’ve never been the cereal type. Growing up, I took a bagel or toast over cereal for breakfast *every day of the week.* As I became an adult, oatmeal became my breakfast of choice. It remained such until I found out what “nice cream” was a few years ago. That’s when I truly understood the life-changing magic of owning a Vitamix.

About 7 months ago, I was looking to cut down on starchy carbs and shed some body fat. This meant pumping the brakes on bananas, which had been a fixture in my breakfast for years. I still wanted to have a high-volume breakfast, though. Just before this time, one of my favorite mutuals on IG had started putting cauliflower into her smoothies, so I decided to give it a go. IT OBVIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE.

Why cauliflower over bananas? Let’s start with the nutritional info first. Per 85g, cauliflower has about 21 calories and 4 grams of carbs. Bananas, on the other hand, have 76 calories and 20g of carbs. It should be noted that bananas are still healthy. However, I am a volume eater, meaning I simply love the act of eating. So, less calorically dense foods are great for me when I want a big breakfast. (I’m kind of sorry that I feel the need to stipulate this.)

Cauliflower also seems to be cheaper than bananas. I’ll buy a bag of frozen cauliflower rice at Whole Foods for $1.99 which has 5 servings in it. For that price, I’d get like 3.5 bananas. It’s been a while since I’ve bought them, but I feel like that sounds right. On top of that, the cauliflower rice is pre-frozen. Bananas require you to freeze them, meaning you need to put more work in. I’m too lazy for that! And sometimes I forget!

Back to my experiment: on the first try, I paired the cauliflower rice with blueberries and a serving of frozen spinach. I added almond milk, blended it, then stirred in a serving of vanilla protein. It was fab, but needed some work. Over time, I’ve perfected my little recipe.

Here’s exactly what I had for breakfast this morning:
140g blueberries
85g frozen cauliflower
50g frozen chopped spinach
Put these in your blender, then add enough almond milk to submerge all the ingredients. Blend. Use the tamper if you have to.
Transfer to your bowl.
Stir in a serving of vanilla protein.
Top with 14g sliced raw almonds.

HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN GET CREATIVE:

  • Replace the blueberries with mixed berries, keep the vanilla protein the same.
  • Replace the blueberries with strawberries or raspberries and swap the vanilla protein out for chocolate.
  • Instead of sliced almonds, top it off with hemp seeds, granola, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts… THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

So, I guess the only question is, will you try it?

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Danielle Kocher